Djembe (jem-bay) is a hand drum. It's about rhythm. It's the natural pace of constructive energy. Canvas is about expression. It's the natural birth of emotional energy. As Djembe & Canvas, my paintings are about the harmony between these two elements. It's the natural giving of spiritual love.
My artwork maps my journey through life, as I explore the terrains of thought, feeling, perception and experience. This journey has often taken me through the personal and collective "shadow," "down the rabbit hole," and at turns has offered me profound glimpses through hidden doorways. I have found the experience of life a multi-faceted adventure, rife with alchemical possibility, infused with magic and poetry, and this is what I enjoy sharing most in my paintings.
- Simone Skye Coulars
I am a Bay Area-based artist armed with a colorful palette and a critical eye. I received my B.A. from Scripps College where I majored in Latin American studies and minored in studio art. Thus, themes relating to Latin American literature, history, and revolutionary movements are prevalent in my art.
I have been drawing and painting since I was a young girl, but I started taking painting seriously thanks to the encouragement of my stepfather who is a bronze sculptor. Initially the subject matter of my art reflected my relationships with family and friends; however, after selecting Latin American studies as my major in college I became interested in visually representing the histories I was learning about. In this show, I sought to compile pieces that blend both the personal and the historical. These pieces represent how one relates to his or her location and on the other hand how that geographical space impacts the person.
Currently, I work at Making Waves Education Program in Richmond, CA and as an art teacher's assistant at Berkwood Hedge Elementary School in Berkeley, CA. I plan to continue working with youth in the Bay Area and be a part of the movement to bring the arts back to public education. My personal goals are to further refine my artistic skills, explore different mediums, and create create create new work!
- Izzy Cohen
- Izzy Cohen
Born and raised in the bay area where she spent time as a child with her artist grandma, Eva Kamp, Stacey was learning artistic skills such as painting, photography and pottery. After her grandma's death in 1982, she was inspired to continue her grandmother’s artistic legacy.
She took art classes throughout high school, as well as at Dominican University where she obtained a master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in art therapy. While in college, she started The Art Studio Program at the MIYO Teen Center in San Rafael, becoming the art director, and producing creative activities for at-risk youth. After college, she worked as a career counselor for a time until she found her current position as events manager of the Log Cabin in San Anselmo.
Stacey continues painting with oils, emphasizing color and textures by using only palate knives. Her current subjects are birch trees, focusing on the light and texture of the bark. Her work is usually broken up in to polyptych panels of various sizes.
You can check out her website at: http://staceykamp.tumblr.com/
I attended Academy of Art University in San Francisco starting out as a 3D animation major and switching to illustration. My wide range of interests from pop art, classical paintings, anime, street art and so on allows me to adjust style for each piece I do, picking and choosing different aspects of each influence. All of this I try to work together into specific moods, personalities, and feelings through use of color, lighting, expressions, environment, and brush strokes.
Janet Williams completed her degree in 2009 in visual arts practice in Dublin, Ireland where she specialized in video and photography. She then moved to fantastically inspiring city of San Francicso in 2010 to just make life better. Since moving, she has been working as a freelance photographer around the bay area, as the studio assistant in hospitality house and as the intern for ArtSpan.
Inspired by the act of day dreaming and the films of David Lynch, Janet has developed this series of photo collages entitled 'Escape'. She achieves the surreal type quality by using colored filters while shooting and then sticking together contrasting imagery which aim to create a place to explore and get lost in.
As Lula says, "This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top."
I grew up in a small mountain town in Colorado and was one of the only teenagers interested in art. My art teacher would give me supplies from the art closet and just let me do whatever I felt inspired to do. I was essentially self-taught because of the freedom. I tried art school for a year, and it didn't suit me. I just became creatively blocked.
When I was 18, I got very sick and was on the tail end of my experience at art school. I couldn't paint for over a year, and then decided one day that I would try painting with my left hand instead of my dominant right. A whole new approach sprung out of me! A lot more color. I still use both my hands when painting and my palette is still bright, but my imagery is forming now into something more cohesive.
Colors inspire me. So when I go to paint, I usually don't have an image in mind, just colors I want to use. Then the images are formed. I enjoy the feeling of spreading paint onto the surface I'm working with. Everything quiets down, and I'm able to just create. This is why I do it. I enjoy seeing what others are creating. I feel it is a doorway into seeing who someone is in a way that words usually can't describe. It's a language I understand. I have a trunk full of colors, and my heart pours ideas through me. This is my joy, to paint.
- Chelsea Stern
“From the alone to the alone, of the dark night of the soul and of the final ecstasy in which the creature becomes at one with the beloved.” - Somerset Maugham.
In my art, I am concerned with the drawing of parallels between natural phenomena and human consciousness in order to converse about the soul of nature and the nature of the soul. The sublime experience of nature defined by the northern romantic tradition of painting in the 19th century in America and Europe contextualizes for me my position and suggests that in order to experience the landscape in terms of beautiful, awesome and powerful, there must be in the work the presence of the shadow, or a malevolent force that is dangerous, violent and horrific. This idea of the sublime in nature is also found in our ideas about religion that we are meant to fear God because the idea of God is awesome to think about and that is humbling, which is supposed to make us a better society.
It is fear and danger that often motivates the transformation of consciousness. It can be said that during the most volatile and tumultuous times in history was when some of the best art was produced. In my paintings I describe the primordial acts of creation existing on the edge of the great abyss. This to me is a fearful and humbling thought and one of the great mysteries that surround man’s existence in the universe. Through the fear of our precarious position in the universe we are made aware of how special, wonderful, unique and rare life really is. It is this uncomfortable awkward presence of danger and fear married to beauty and harmony in my work that I use to motivate the viewer out of their comfort zone of ideal ideas of safety and beauty and into an alert edgy awareness that is at times emotional and philosophical.
“Half light at Dusk and Dawn”
Some of my best thinking is accomplished in the early morning hours just before the sun rises or just as the day is ending. These are enchanted hours when the voice of the soul can be easily heard, and when the veil between the worlds is thin. This is a time of fantasy and of fear, a time of anxiety and hope, a time that challenges who I think I am. Dusk and dawn are half light times when I feel a deep connection to being alive on the planet. It is a time when I invent my personal mythologies and draw from the interior of my being the inspirations for my art, a time when I draw the parallels between my personal power and the forces at work on the planet. From these wanderings in the interior of my psyche, it can be said that I walk the mountain and I am the mountain, I swim the ocean, and I am the ocean and I eat from the tree of life, and I am the tree of life.
- Gail Weissman